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3/1/2009

Hiltzik’s Latest “Business” Column: Another Leftist Political Rant That Uncritically Repeats Obama Talking Points

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Obama — Patterico @ 2:50 pm

Michael Hiltzik gives readers the “business” again with another political rant that unquestioningly repeats Democrat talking points:

According to White House figures, the stimulus package would create or save a combined 424,000 jobs in those six states, so that makes nearly half a million Americans who no doubt will take it as an honor to be sacrificed for their governors’ stand on principle.

Wow. He’s seriously citing the “create or save” formulation as credible — the same formulation that caused Matt Welch to say: “Is there anyone listening to that that doesn’t see the B.S. in it?”

Yes, Matt. Yes, there is. And his (or one of them, anyway) is Michael Hiltzik.

All hail that vaunted media skepticism!

16 Responses to “Hiltzik’s Latest “Business” Column: Another Leftist Political Rant That Uncritically Repeats Obama Talking Points”

  1. It doesn’t matter if there are any facts. What matters is that there is feelings and beliefs.

    steve miller (4bda12)

  2. Shoveling money into the economy won’t fix anything. If it did, it would be just as efficient to fly planes over the country and throw out hundred dollar bills. Although you’d need a lot of planes to shovel out 1.75 trillion dollars in irrational spending.

    steve miller (4bda12)

  3. That was Hiltzik’s application letter to the Obama Administration.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  4. Just as long as 4 million Americans have a job, how could one even dispute the “create or save 4 million jobs ” mantra? It’s genius!

    Gazzer (271d32)

  5. He’s gonna need a job in the Bambithon. The LAT is going down like the RMN.

    steve miller (4bda12)

  6. #3 steve miller:

    If it did, it would be just as efficient to fly planes over the country and throw out hundred dollar bills.

    There is an argument to be made that dropping cash out of airplanes (over populous areas) might be much more effective.

    After all, the chances of it landing on somebody that would do something constructive with it are much greater.

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  7. True, it might help some.

    And then there’d be the personal injury lawsuits with people claiming that they were hurt scrambling after the money. And the paper cuts.

    And, of course, Joe Biden would be up there with sackfulls of half-dollars, wondering why people were avoiding his contributions.

    steve miller (4bda12)

  8. Still have a job? Obama saved it for you!

    Jim Treacher (796deb)

  9. Sounds like a song from “The King and I”

    “Praise Obama”

    steve miller (4bda12)

  10. Hey, we’ve got a very environmentally conscious adminstration–or so they say. So it’s worthwhile recycling Senator Randolph’s insult of another Senator back in 1824–to describe Hiltzik.

    Like rotten mackerel by moonlight, he shines and stinks.
    John Randolph, American politician, on Edward Livingstone (1764-1836), American politician

    Mike Myers (674050)

  11. That the LA Times would put him in the Business section says a lot about the Times.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  12. David Lazarus, too. His latest column is yet another moldy recycling of the make-em-pay-for-our-great-coverage rant.

    Lazarus presents nothing new to the topic, just the stale fantasy of transforming the Internet into something he can control. If Lazarus wants to convince us we should pay to read the LA Times, he’s doing a dreadful job of it.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  13. How about Speaker Tom Reed’s comment:”He never opens his mouth but that which he subtracts from the total of human knowledge.” To be a bit more serious an oncologist friend remarked he was going to start counting as cures any of his patiewnts who died of heart attacks,gsw(he lives in Detroit,car accidents etc.I do see the point Who’s to say they weren’t cured?

    corwin (4d32c6)

  14. If Hiltzik were not so obsessed with bashing Republicans, he might have condescended to cover a real Los Angeles business story. But the LA Downtown News got there first:

    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – A tenants’ mutiny at Grand Central Market was resolved last week after a group of merchants who had withheld their February rents came to an agreement with the landlord and paid up.
    As part of the resolution with landlord The Yellin Company, rents will be lowered and advertising fees charged to the tenants will be eliminated.
    The fracas, which resulted in many rents being paid two weeks or more late, is yet another sign of the financial hardships stemming from the national recession. Although most visitors to the Downtown Los Angeles landmark were unaware of the situation, several tenants said their future survival is in question.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  15. [...] It seemed less preposterous after it actually happened. He’s such a shill, he even uncritically accepted the Obama administration’s “created or saved” [...]

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